“Okay, but where do you vegetarians get your proteins from?”
We’re done with the social media memes. Vegetarians are cool; we’ve got tons of protein! So sit back, relax and prepare to be enlightened.

We all know that proteins are the building blocks of our bodies. They’re also essential in helping you lose weight. But how does one gain these benefits while following a vegetarian diet? Brace yourself, you are about to read a triple win situation- vegetarian, protein, and lose fat.

Here are 9 protein rich vegetarian foods that should make it to your diet:

1) Nuts – They don’t even have to be cooked. That’s right; you can pop in a few protein rich nuts like cashews, pistachios, and walnuts on the go and it requires no meal prep! For every 10 grams of any nut you eat, you gain about 2.5 grams of protein. Furthermore, nuts are opulent in fiber.

2) Broccoli – We’re team broccoli. There is a worldwide manifesto against these deliciously healthy veggies. Cooked in a fun style or tossed up in salad; every cup of broccoli gives you the benefit of 5 grams of protein. It is also a rich source of magnesium, vitamin B-1, and Omega- 3 fatty acids. Ditch the fat in meat and gain Broccoli’s multifold benefits.

3) Chickpeas – Who doesn’t love a good hummus and pita. Or for that matter some delicious Channa Puri? We all do! And both these delicious dishes are made with the Chickpeas! 1 cup of these legumes gives you a protein boost of 40 grams. They’re also rich in fiber and make for spectacular ingredients in tasty meals.

4) Coconut – It’s a hot summer day and you need a cooler after your workout. Drink a tall glass of coconut and then scrape out the sweet, hydrating coconut meat, popularly known as ‘malai’ and enjoy this natural source of vegetarian protein. One coconut would give out roughly the equivalent of 8 grams of protein.

5) Cottage cheese – Soft, white chunks of heaven. For a vegetarian in the quest for protein; we recommend this ingredient because paneer tastes good with everything and can completely replace chicken for a vegetarian diet.

Every 100 grams of paneer has 11 grams of protein.

6) Milk – Some can chug it down like water. For others milk-time is still a nightmare. For us, it’s a great source of vegetarian protein. A glass of milk has 8 grams of protein.

7) Green peas – This one is for the vegetarians with the allergies. Allergic to milk or nuts? Just add some peas to your salad as a source of protein! They contain an abundance of manganese, vitamin K, vitamin B-1, dietary fiber, and up to 10 grams of protein per cup of peas.

8) Dal – It is amazing what pulses and lentils can do. Almost all kinds of daals can be substituted by meat in a vegetarian diet plan. The most underestimated source of nutrition and protein, add a daal every day to your meal and get 18 grams of protein per cup per day!

Or you could just grab a jar of nut-butter, dip a spoon in and let the world chatter over their sources of protein; as you devour yours. Spread the love, spread the protein and stay healthy the right way.

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